Battle Of The Honeycomb Tablet, Xoom vs Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs G-Slate

The battle for the Honeycomb tablet is on and we’re SUPPPEEERR (said with high pitch lisp) excited for devices to come out with what’s being dubbed as the hottest  OS for a tablet, ever. Alright, so I made that up, but it’s somewhat true right?  For now, there aren’t many choices one can have if they want Android 3.0, but it’s only a matter of time before more devices surface with sweet Honeycomb for the masses.  So, that being said, lets check out what we do have a choice of and do a little compare and contrast, thanks to some incredible photos and hands-on by our good chaps over at Engadget.

Motorola Xoom – Up first, the device that started it all.  The Motorola Xoom, the initial device to launch with Honeycomb 3.0, which was first unveiled at All Things D by Andy Rubin himself.  The tablet sports a 10.1-inch multi-touch capacitive screen, 1280 x 768 screen resolution and a Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor like its other opponents.   In addition, it comes with a 5 MP HD camcorder, a front-facing camera for video chats, full 1080p HD video playback support and even comes equipped with a gyroscope.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – A follow up to one of the original android tablets to first hit the market, the Galaxy Tab (7-inch) device.  The Galaxy Tab 10.1 however, says it all.  Obviously, it sports a 10.1-inch capacitive multi-touch screen, the expected 1GHz dual-core CPU from Nvidia, an 8 MP camera (rear), 2 MP front-facing, 1080p recording and playback and it will come in either a 16 GB or 32GB model.  There will also be 3G and WiFi support for the device.

T-Mobile LG G-Slate – The G-Slate aka LG Optimus Pad, comes in at a slightly smaller screen size around 8.9-inches.  It will also house the Tegra 2 chip set and come with 3D functionality, if that’s your thing.  The device will be capable of running on T-Mobile’s 4G network (HSPA+ 21-42 mb/s), multi-touch display, the ability to record in 3D and full HD video.  Furthermore, the device will support 720p HD on-device video playback and HDMI output to show 1080p content on 3D and HD displays.  You can find the device available with 32 GB of on board storage and of course, touting the Honeycomb 3.0 operating system.

So, which device stands out to you the most?  Which one are you looking forward to getting your hands on?  Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.  And don’t forget to check out the gallery for a comparison of all the devices, courtesey of our Android enthusiasts over at a little o’l tech blog called Engadget.

Motorola Xoom:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Courtesy of Samsung Mobile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBeLe-euq9U

T-Mobile LG G-Slate:

[via engadget]


About the Author: Axl Logan

Born and raised in New York City, Axl Logan is an avid tech junkie and Starbucks attendee. He enjoys everything digital from the latest cameras, tablets and mp3 players to the hottest smartphones on the market. He considers there to be no greater honor than to rock an Android phone and to be reporting the latest and greatest on Google and the hottest OS to ever hit a handset. Making the move from Windows Mobile to Android, functionality and productivity have never been better. Armed with a passion for Android, his Droid Razr and a cool as hell name like Axl, he aims to report everything and anything Android related. Axl currently works as an IT tech for a major firm in NY and loves to ride bike, play video games, and read a good book in his spare time.


  • Anon123

    Nice side by side photos. I thought the Samsung would be significantly thinner than the Xoom, but looks like I was wrong. That is a pretty big hump on the back of the Samsung. Reminds me of the older tvs and monitors with the big box on the back. The iPad appears to be thinner than all of them. Can’t wait to get my hands on the xoom.

    So what is more important — 3 extra megapixels & 1080p recording or the hdmi port? I’m betting that even with the 3 extra megapixels and 1080p recording, the camera isn’t going to be all that great. Don’t really need an hdmi port yet but there are rumors of making google tv available on tablets and phones. Maybe it would be useful then. Even still, I think I would like to have a dedicated google tv box so I can browse on the tablet while watching the big screen.

    What I really want is a tablet dock for my phone so that I can use the big screen on the road without having to give the carrier even more money.

  • Rory MacLeod

    I do like these informative reviews, but why get so excited when there are no prices to quote? I will not be spending $1200 on a Motorola Xoom, or any other tablet. The Galaxy 10.1 looks interesting, but I cannot get excited unless the price seems reasonable.

  • Lmbrocks

    Phone doc would be way cool, especially if you dont have to pay extra. Hooking phone up while traveling getting google navigation on a big screen would be sweet!
    I was suprised by no mention of the Toshiba tablet but it does not have a release date yet.

    All of these tablets are cool and nice but also very pricey. I will get a tablet eventually when the pricing gets to be realistic. I understand they have to recoup cost for developing the OS but do you really need to recoup it in one year or less?

  • Richard Hogge

    Not much of a review and the side by side pictures are useless as they do not tell what they are.